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Overseas Recruitment

Am I eligible?
How much will I be paid?
Health service recruitment
Metropolitan NSW Local Health Districts
Rural and Regional NSW Local Health Districts
Living in NSW
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The NSW Ministry of Health has a long history of supporting overseas nurses and midwives to live and work in multicultural New South Wales and we encourage those with the appropriate skills and education to join our service and provide a high level of care to the people of NSW.

Nursing and midwifery in the NSW public health system offers excellent pay, job security and flexible working hours and conditions. We encourage you to come and see for yourself.

Employment is available in metropolitan and rural locations and there remains a need for specialist and experienced nurses and midwives in areas such as generalist, intensive care, emergency, obstetrics, operating suite and mental health. Employment can be gained by direct application to NSW Health positions.

View current employment opportunities in the NSW public health service

The NSW Ministry of Health has contracts with these five organisations for the recruitment of nurses and midwives from overseas to work in NSW public hospitals:

 

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for employment as a nurse or midwife in Australia you must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), telephone +61 7 3666 4911. AHPRA will assess overseas nursing and midwifery qualifications for eligibility for registration in Australia. Hospitals require evidence of current registration as a nurse or midwife in Australia before they make a job offer.

Overseas nurses and midwives (with the exception of those holding New Zealand passports) must also hold a visa that permits work. The NSW Ministry of Health can provide sponsorship to successful applicants to positions within the NSW Public Health Service. For further information on visas contact The Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

How much will I be paid?

NSW nurses and midwives enjoy some of the best pay and employment awards in Australia. Salary rates are determined by years of experience with increases each year up to the eighth year of experience for registered nurses and midwives and the fifth year of experience for enrolled nurses.

Evidence confirming your experience and length of service will be required from your previous employers before your salary rate is determined. 

More info: Salaries and Awards

Health service recruitment

The NSW Health system is comprised of the NSW Ministry of Health, Local Health Districts (LHDs), Children's and Paediatric Services, Forensic Mental Health and a range of other services such as Justice Health and the Ambulance Service of NSW.

The Local Health Districts are responsible for providing health care in a wide range of settings, from metropolitan tertiary health centres to primary care posts in the remote areas of NSW. The Networks plan, deliver and coordinate local health services, such as public and community health, public hospitals, mental health services, emergency transport, acute care, rehabilitation, counselling and many community support programs.

Metropolitan NSW Local Health Districts

Rural and Regional NSW Local Health Districts

Living in NSW

Whatever lifestyle you are looking for NSW has the location to suit your needs, nursing and midwifery positions can be found in a variety of settings from the larger hospitals in our coastal and rural cities to the health services of our remote communities, so whether you want the city, the beach, the outback or the mountains NSW has the right location for you.

More info: Living in NSW | About NSW   

Contact us

More information about hospitals and working in the NSW public health system is available from the Principal Advisor, Nursing Strategy & Innovation, Nursing and Midwifery Office via email

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This web page is managed and authorised by Nursing & Midwifery Office of the NSW Department of Health. Last updated: 11 September, 2012